Stephen Colbert and Bill O’Reilly Share a Chilly Exchange About Gun Control and the Orlando Gay Club Shooting


In his opening monologue last night, Stephen Colbert addressed the shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando this Sunday that left 49 dead. After that, Colbert sat down for a debate with Bill O'Reilly, who he had booked to come on the show before that massacre transpired. The two sat down for a nearly 20-minute debate about gun safety, terrorism, and Donald Trump's now-infamous tweet about the events — Colbert calls it "grandstanding"; O'Reilly says it was "self-congratulatory," but excuses it with "he wants to be president, he's using this terrorism issue to bolster his popularity." O'Reilly also pushes for a declaration of war against Jihadist groups and argues that the attack was not specifically a homophobic hate crime by saying "everything ISIS does is a hate crime" (though Omar Mateen reportedly declared his allegiance to ISIS, officials insist any links between him and terrorist groups are unconfirmed). Watch the full debate above and below.